Celebrate Life

Four of iSibaneFOUR of ISIBANE – People of the South  –  Key word – FREEDOM

Freedom to manifest new identity | Open to new possibilities | Rites of passage | Rituals and ceremonies | Participation | Celebration | New period of growth | Breaking free from bonds | The burden of responsibility | Dance with joy and celebrate life

The four of wands is about completion and celebration – how apropos with the Olympics and our Gold medal last night. Dance with joy and celebrate life.

This week be open to new possibilities, honour and observe rituals and ceremonies.  When going for your goal we must participate in the process, from this effort we will see rewards for our labours.

This week will see a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. We can put down that burden of responsibility, and take a break to rest on our laurels.  It’s a time of being in harmony with those around us, and be graceful in all our interactions.  Enter a new period of growth with joy, we have the freedom to manifest anything we desire, break free from the bonds that hold us back. Cut loose from circumstances that limit our potential and be determined to be ALL that we can be.

The most important thing to remember this week is what the Buddhists call “right mind, and right thinking”.  What we think becomes our reality, so we need to make sure that we are focused and rational.  Be clear about the perceived outcome, be specific on what you want to achieve – stay in the zone and you will reap the rewards.  Follow the example of Olympic athletes.  They have worked hard for many years to achieve their success.  As we support them in their moment to show the fruits of their labours, we celebrate their success. You will see the co-operation of others and bask in the congratulations and good wishes.

Cameron Van Der Burgh – Gold Medal Winner 100m Breaststroke

Feel the thrilling delight of achievement, rise above and know that it’s a job well done.  Be generous with your good fortune and inspire others.  Accept that this sense of achievement brings a new beginning into the light.  Your faith will guide you, count your blessings and integrate all things wonderful into your daily activity and your psyche.  Your position of balance is one of pure spirit in abundance. Yet, we never stop learning and growing. Create that balanced lifestyle.

The nature of the Four of Wands is to keep growing, the downside is we are so impressed with ourselves we could very easily slip into inertia and laziness.

It was with great pride watching our flag being raised, well done Cameron!

 The National Anthem of South Africa

The national anthem of South Africa is a combined version of two evocative but quite different songs, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa) and “The Call of South Africa” (Die Stem van Suid Afrika).

“Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” was composed in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a missionary Methodist schoolteacher. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. A popular church hymn, it was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings.  CJ Langenhoven wrote “The Call of South Africa” in May 1918. The Reverend ML de Villiers composed the music in 1921.


Language Lyrics English translation
Xhosa Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrikaMaluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, God bless AfricaRaise high its glory
Zulu Yizwa imithandazo yethu,Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo. Hear our prayersGod bless us, your children
Sesotho Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,

Setjhaba sa, South Afrika — South Afrika.

God, we ask You to protect our nationIntervene and end all conflictsProtect us, protect our nation,

Nation of South Africa — South Africa.

Afrikaans Uit die blou van onse hemel,Uit die diepte van ons see,Oor ons ewige gebergtes,

Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Ringing out from our blue heavens,From our deep seas breaking round,Over everlasting mountains,

Where the echoing crags resound,

English Sounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom

In South Africa our land.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa)


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